Record Impact Tax Revenues Directly Benefit Communities

Pennsylvania’s natural gas impact tax generated a record $251.8 million in 2018, bringing the seven-year total to $1.7 billion in new revenue for communities and statewide environmental and conservation programs. “Local governments rely on impact tax revenues to fund a host of priorities, including enhancing road and bridge infrastructure, flood mitigation and prevention, emergency response […]

Post-Gazette’s Claims on Childhood Cancer Unsupported by Medical Experts, Science

As an industry focused on enhancing public health and safety, we’re deeply disappointed in the Post-Gazette’s continued efforts to sensationalize tragedy through unsubstantiated claims regarding regional childhood cancer cases.   “Our hearts break for anyone battling cancer,” MSC’s David Spigelmyer told the paper. “Given our industry’s deep commitment to protecting the health, safety and environment […]

This Earth Day, Celebrate Natural Gas

Earth Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate the meaningful environmental progress made possible through the production and use of clean, abundant American natural gas. As Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler told the SHALE INSIGHT audience in October, thanks to natural gas, “we are the global leader in clear air progress.” For the tens […]

MSC Member Profile: Shale Development Propels Central Pennsylvania Engineering Firm into National Player

“I’ve got to be part of that,” top Dawood leader says of America’s shale revolution. As part of MSC’s Member Profile series, we recently sat down with Jim Rodgers and Nick Brien of Dawood, a central Pennsylvania-based engineering firm that’s seized the opportunity of the shale revolution to grow into a national firm. This interview […]

President Trump’s Executive Orders Advance American Energy Dominance

Pennsylvania’s energy job-creators joined manufacturers and top building trades union leaders, among others, to applaud President Trump’s signing yesterday of two executive orders that will help expand and modernize America’s energy infrastructure. The Executive Orders are expected to streamline federal permitting and ease unnecessary regulatory roadblocks for new pipeline construction and LNG export terminals. Joining […]

Pa. Leads Nation in Clean, Affordable Natural Gas Power Generation Growth

Pennsylvania accounted for one-quarter of the growth in highly efficient, clean natural gas power generation last year, according to new federal data released this morning. In fact, more than 60 percent of the electric generating capacity installed in the U.S. in 2018 was fueled by clean, domestic natural gas. Specifically, facilities like Tenaska’s Westmoreland Generating […]

Radio Recap: Natural Gas a “Winner for the Region”

Natural gas is driving manufacturing job growth, consumer savings, and clean air progress, all “winners for the region,” MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer said during radio interviews across the Commonwealth this week. Here’s a few key highlights from radio row:   On a Generational Manufacturing Opportunity “We’ve got a petrochemical facility being built in the west that […]

Report: Marcellus, Utica Shale Plays Drive Domestic Natural Gas Production Growth

Domestic natural gas production and use – especially in power generation and manufacturing – will expand significantly over the next three decades, the federal Energy Information Administration reported today. The agency projects in its 2019 Annual Energy Outlook that natural gas will experience the largest production increase of all fossil fuels, with the Marcellus and […]

Pa. Produced Energy Drives High-Tech Manufacturing Job Growth

Energy development is giving rise to Pennsylvania’s next manufacturing chapter, fueling a wave of high-tech jobs and economic growth in communities across the Commonwealth. As the nation’s second largest natural gas producing state, Pennsylvania manufacturers can leverage low-cost, abundant natural gas feedstocks into a competitive advantage. In Beaver County, for example, along the banks of […]

2019 Outlook: Steady Energy Growth to Drive Pa. Economic Expansion, Environmental Progress

Pennsylvania is blessed with an enormous energy advantage that gives our region the ability to compete and win economically, grow good-paying local jobs and improve our environment, MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer said during a series of year-end press interviews. “We’ve gone from a period of cautious optimism to now living an energy renaissance,” Spigelmyer told the […]

Pa. Energy Producers Hold ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Outlook

With rig counts steadily rising, key infrastructure projects coming online, and production increasing, Pennsylvania’s energy producers have a cautiously optimistic outlook, MSC president David Spigelmyer told reporters recently. During a swing through local papers across the north central and eastern parts of the state, Spigelmyer provided a state of the industry update for the second-half […]

Training Programs Prepare Pennsylvanians for High-Demand Energy Careers

New workforce training programs have launched throughout the region to meet growing local demand for skilled workers across the energy supply chain. In Armstrong and Greene Counties, for example, free month-long training courses focused on pipeline construction and maintenance begin in August. These programs, as the Observer-Reporter reports, are hosted through a partnership with the […]

Acting EPA Administrator Visits Western Pa., Credits Shale Industry’s “Innovation”

Commonsense policies and smart regulations that encourage natural gas development will help ensure further environmental and public health improvement, acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler discussed during a visit to Washington County this week. Just a week after assuming his new position, acting administrator Wheeler met with MSC member Range Resources and sat down with the […]

Natural Gas Drives Pa. Manufacturing Resurgence

Western Pennsylvania manufacturing is on the comeback thanks, in large part, to the region’s abundance of natural gas. From the Shell ethane cracker facility under construction in Beaver County to the growth of Lawrence County’s steel industry and a resurgent plastics industry in Erie County, affordable, abundant natural gas is driving the region’s manufacturing comeback. […]

Pa. Natural Gas Impact Fee Generates $209M+, Proceeds Benefit All Counties

Communities across Pennsylvania will receive more than $209 million in new impact fee revenue, Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced yesterday. Since 2012 the impact fee – Pennsylvania’s drilling tax – has generated nearly $1.5 billion for communities in all 67 counties. This natural gas impact fee is working as designed, generating hundreds of millions […]

Gov. Wolf’s Energy Tax Hike to Harm Pa. Jobs, Consumers

Governor Wolf threw his support behind an energy tax increase this week, marking the fourth year in a row the governor put forth a plan that harms Pennsylvania families, small businesses, and consumers. Just like previous proposals, this latest tax increase is a step backward and will make Pennsylvania less competitive for job-creating investment. Natural […]

On Earth Day, 5 Reasons to Thank Natural Gas

Earth Day provides an important opportunity to celebrate the meaningful environmental progress that our nation and the Commonwealth continue to make thanks to natural gas. Local production of abundant, clean-burning natural gas means we don’t have to choose between environmental progress and economic growth. We can and do have both – and Pennsylvanians are realizing […]

Five Fast Facts on Misguided Court Ruling

A recent Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling upends more than a century of settled property law and injects uncertainty to safe, responsible oil and gas development, the Marcellus Shale Coalition and Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry said in court filings this week. The court’s recent decision involving the “rule of capture” departs from past precedent […]

On Clean, Job-Creating Natural Gas, Gov. Wolf Says One Thing, Does Another

Governor Wolf’s rhetoric doesn’t match his policies when it comes to clean, job-creating natural gas. On one hand, Gov. Wolf talks about supporting further development of abundant, low-cost natural gas as key to consumer savings, environmental progress and manufacturing growth. Yet, his policies tell a different story, as higher taxes, unnecessary regulations, and outright bans […]

Allegheny Co. Executive: Fracking “Saved the Airport”

Natural gas development enabled Pittsburgh International Airport to expand flights and plan a $1.1 billion renovation, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, a Pittsburgh Democrat, said during a recent interview with the Pittsburgh Business Times. In 2013, the airport authority partnered with Consol Energy – now CNX Resources – to develop natural gas under the airport’s […]

VIDEO: Natural Gas Drives Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing Resurgence

Natural gas development is positively transforming Pennsylvania’s economy and environment, MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer said during Sunday’s PMA Perspective program on PCN-TV. As the nation’s second largest natural gas producing state, we’re realizing a resurgence in manufacturing, meaningful energy savings, and clean air progress. In case you missed Sunday’s program on Pennsylvania’s energy leadership, here are […]

Study: Marcellus, Utica Production Gives Appalachian Manufacturers Advantage

A new petrochemical manufacturing facility in the Appalachian Basin will be four times as profitable to similar projects along the Gulf Coast, a new report released yesterday from IHS Markit concluded. While Shell Chemicals’ ethane cracker – currently under construction in Beaver County – is the first major petrochemical facility to be built outside the […]

Pipeline Safety Expert: “Pipelines are Safe and Getting Safer”

Pipelines are safe, efficient and a critical piece of the nation’s infrastructure that connects consumers with abundant, affordable energy resources, a former official with the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration told state lawmakers today. Keith Coyle, who currently chairs the MSC’s Pipeline Safety Workgroup and served on Gov. Wolf’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force, […]

Biased, Pandering Rolling Stone Blog Misses Mark…Again

Rolling Stone published another deeply biased piece yesterday attacking American energy development. The one-sided story purposefully ignores critical facts and is nothing more than propaganda for fringe activists opposed to safe American energy development. It should be noted Rolling Stone’s owner recently received a $225 million investment from Saudi Arabia. It should also be noted […]

MSC Corrects Pa. Lawmaker’s Blatantly Inaccurate Grandstanding

Following the “blatant inaccuracies” Sen. Vincent Hughes shared during recent testimony on natural gas development, MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer sent a letter to the senator that corrects the record. Here’s what you need to know from Spigelmyer’s letter: On the taxing of natural gas development: “In addition to paying every other tax imposed upon Pennsylvania businesses, […]

Natural Gas: ‘Enormous Opportunity’ for Economic, Environmental Progress

Natural gas is “an enormous economic opportunity that’s generated tens-of-thousands of jobs in communities across the Commonwealth,” MSC president Dave Spigelmyer said during a TV interview last night. During the half-hour conversation that aired on PCN, Spigelmyer explored how the “most affordable gas on the planet right here in Pennsylvania” is driving broad economic and […]

‘Americans Can Take Pride’ in Leveraging Energy Abundance

As natural gas production continues to rise, a U.S. House Natural Resources subcommittee this week examined the role of LNG exports in strengthening America’s geopolitical standing. With Dominion’s Cove Point LNG export terminal in Maryland scheduled to go into service next month, the U.S. will have additional opportunities to leverage its energy abundance as a […]

U.S. Natural Gas = Consumer Savings, Clean Air Progress, Energy Security

Thanks to the expanded use of local, clean natural gas in power generation, the United States “has already come quite far in reducing carbon dioxide emissions,” according to a new Carnegie Mellon University report. Analyzing government data, CMU researchers concluded that the U.S. “can meet – or even beat” carbon dioxide emissions reductions outlined in […]

Union Leader: Energy Infrastructure Projects a “Godsend”

As the U.S. emerges as a net natural gas exporter for the first time in 60 years, Pennsylvanians are continuing to realize the benefits of responsible energy production here at home. According to an updated economic analysis released this week by Philadelphia-based Econsult Solutions, Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline project will create $9 billion in […]

Affordable Natural Gas Keeps Pennsylvanians Warm During Arctic Blast

During this stretch of frigid temperatures across the country, Americans are turning to abundant, affordable natural gas to stay warm this winter. Thanks to local shale development, Pennsylvania is the nation’s second largest natural gas producing state, producing a quarter of America’s natural gas supply. That growth in domestic production – and the infrastructure transporting […]

American Natural Gas Makes the Holidays Merrier

As we all gather with family and friends this holiday season, it’s a good time to take stock in the positive benefits of natural gas in our everyday lives. From plastic toys to artificial trees, Christmas lights and the electricity that powers it all, abundant, American natural gas and oil makes the holidays merrier. Here’s […]

Energy Companies, Employees Give Back this Holiday Season

The holidays are a time to enjoy the company of friends and family, but it’s also a time to give back to our neighbors and the communities where we’re privileged to operate. We’re proud of the donations, volunteer hours, and other efforts from MSC member companies and their employees this holiday season who are contributing […]

Fact Check: 5 Key Facts on New Study

Protecting and improving our environment and public health is a top priority for the natural gas industry, which has a long and clear record of working collaboratively to advance these shared and important goals. We’re also deeply committed to fostering and supporting sound research. Unfortunately – as is too often the case – a new […]

Uncompetitive Policies Jeopardize Energy Savings, Jobs

Since 2012, Appalachia has driven U.S. natural gas production growth, the federal Energy Information Administration recently reported. Shale gas production across Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia tripled over the past five years, increasing to almost 24 billion cubic feet per day. The growth in American energy production is welcome news for working families, small businesses […]

Impact Fee Funded Grants Benefit More Pa. Communities

This week, communities throughout the Commonwealth received natural gas impact fee – Pennsylvania’s natural gas tax – funded grants for key environmental and infrastructure projects. Through the Commonwealth Financing Authority, 115 projects, totaling more than $15.7 million were awarded to counties throughout the state. These funds are in addition to the impact fee dollars that […]

Here’s What Marketplace Missed on Natural Gas Development

Taking a hard turn away from business and economics, NPR’s Marketplace – which claims to focus on “raising the economic intelligence of the country” – ran a one-sided attack on natural gas development last night that does more to scare listeners than inform them of science and facts. The story relies on information from environmental […]

Energy Production, Infrastructure Key to Pa. Economic Growth, Environmental Progress

Two recent reports by anti-natural gas activist organizations – NRDC & Clean Air Task Force – make deeply misleading and downright false claims regarding safe natural gas development, transportation and use. While natural gas is a job creator and environmental winner, some environmental activists continue to push dangerous policies that would threaten this important progress. […]

Natural Gas Delivers Reliable, Affordable Electricity

As our economy continues to expand, so too does the need for reliable, affordable electricity. Thankfully, Pennsylvania families don’t have to worry whether the lights will turn on or the heat will kick in, as clean, local natural gas is making our grid stronger, delivering consumer savings and enhancing air quality.  

Natural Gas Drives “Rebirth of Good-Paying, Middle Class Manufacturing Jobs”

Natural gas continues to generate benefits for Pennsylvania families, manufacturers, and our environment. According to a new University of Pennsylvania report, residential gas prices have declined 40 percent since 2007, thanks to shale. As the study’s lead researcher confirms, “shale gas has been a clear win for consumers” across the entire Commonwealth. Here’s what else […]

Four Fast Facts on Higher Energy Taxes

As we continue to hear more political spin on proposals for a massive energy tax increase, it’s important to separate fiction from fact. We already know that the Independent Fiscal Office concluded – for the third straight year – that the governor’s proposed energy tax increase, for example, would give Pennsylvania the nation’s highest tax […]

Natural Gas Drives Construction, Building Trades Opportunities

Work began this week on another clean-burning natural gas power plant that will generate enough electricity for 1 million homes in our region, the Tribune-Democrat reports. The Fairview Energy Center in Cambria County is one of more than a dozen natural gas power plants that have been announced, are under construction, or were brought online […]

Five Ways Energy Infrastructure Strengthens Pennsylvania

Energy infrastructure is the safest, most reliable form of connecting consumers, manufacturers, and power generators across our region to affordable, abundant natural gas. Some, however, such as Sen. Andy Dinniman, continue to make false claims that are wildly out-of-touch with hard-working, blue collar Pennsylvanians. Investments in pipelines are putting tens of thousands of laborers and […]

Celebrating America’s Natural Gas Advantage on National Manufacturing Day

The celebration of Manufacturing Day this week serves as an important reminder for communities across America of how manufacturing creates jobs, improves lives and provides opportunities for economic growth. Nowhere are those realities more clear than in the Appalachian region, where abundant and affordable shale gas production is driving a manufacturing renaissance. Examples of new […]

Post-Gazette / Inquirer “Investigation” Exposes “Gotcha” Journalism by Neglecting Key Facts & Context

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Philadelphia Inquirer failed to exercise good news judgment by omitting publicly available and easily accessible data for a weekend story. Their piece excludes basic facts and highly critical background in an effort to advance a one-sided narrative. Since they forgot to do their job, we will help them. Let’s start […]

Don’t Miss These Top 5 SHALE INSIGHT™ 2017 Events

Are you headed to Pittsburgh for SHALE INSIGHT™ 2017? Here are the Top 5 can’t miss-events for the seventh annual conference. 1. Policy Insight from Top Government Officials: U.S. Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta and U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette will kick off this year’s conference Wednesday morning by discussing workforce development and the […]

Higher Energy Taxes are a “Boneheaded Move” Risking Jobs, Investment

Our abundant natural gas resources give Pa. manufacturers an energy advantage, as low-cost, reliable natural gas has created new generational business opportunities. Harnessing our energy resources for end-use opportunities in power generation and manufacturing can “be the engine of new growth” for the Commonwealth, Chevron Appalachia’s Stacey Olson and Peoples Natural Gas’ Morgan O’Brien wrote […]

Higher Energy Taxes: ‘Chasing a Nickel When There’s Dollars Down the Road’

A growing chorus of Pennsylvanians are calling out continued attempts to enact new and additional taxes on natural gas development as a job-crushing, short-sighted policy that will hurt consumers and manufacturers. Pennsylvania Manufacturer’s Association President David Taylor and Pennsylvania NFIB executive state director Kevin Shivers joined MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer this week on Lincoln Radio Journal’s […]

Labor Unions: A Key Partner in Pa. Energy Development

Against the Labor Day backdrop, while many of us are focused on backyard cookouts and back-to-school demands, the key partnership among our region’s building trades unions, energy producers and midstream companies is worth taking stock in and celebrating. As MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer has affirmed before, “our industry is deeply grateful for the critical and growing […]

Shedding Sunlight on Anti-Energy Activism

The Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments, with $1.5 billion in net assets, funnels millions of dollars to anti-natural gas organizations and “drilling foes,” as the Associated Press reported. Their playbook – fund the so-called research, the “news” and the promoters – is not new or especially unique, but it’s an approach that degrades public trust and diminishes the […]

Infrastructure: Linking Pennsylvanians to Clean, Abundant Natural Gas

With 11 new critical interstate pipeline projects brought online in 2016 and another 25 under development or scheduled for completion this year – according to a new report from the federal Energy Information Administration – our region is making important progress on getting the needed pipeline infrastructure in place to move more clean-burning, Pennsylvania-produced natural […]